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BUSHKILL, PA: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that Kara Deutsch has been selected as the new Chief of Resource Management and Science at the park.
Deutsch has worked as a Natural Resource Specialist for the National Park Service at Delaware Water Gap for the past seven years. Prior to that she served as an Environmental Protection Specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District and also worked for a private engineering firm supporting federal programs. "Her unique combination of knowledge and experience includes program and project management, environmental planning, regulatory compliance, technical data collection and analysis, and emergency management. She has the just the right blend of experience and leadership qualities that are needed in this multifaceted park with such diverse resources and complex projects." said Donahue of his choice. Most recently, Deutsch served as the project manager and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance specialist on several large-scale undertakings including the rehabilitation of Childs Park and repairs and improvements to Route 209.
As the Chief of the Resource Management and Science Division, Ms. Deutsch is responsible for supervising a staff of 10 scientists and other professionals managing a complex range of natural resource, cultural resource, resource planning, museum curation, and research programs. These programs include wildlife, fisheries, endangered species, geology, soils, vegetation, wetlands, water quality, ecosystem restoration, biology, inventory & monitoring, agricultural and farm practices, integrated pest management, historic preservation, cultural landscapes, archeology, museum management, ecology, botany, and paleontology.
She will serve as the principle consultant and representative for the park issues involving natural and cultural resources matters with other Federal, state and local agencies, academic researchers, scientific specialists, Native Americans, other traditional associations, special interest groups, conservation organizations, and legislative staff. Other duties include interpretation of regulations and policy relative to the management of natural and cultural resources. A challenging aspect of her job is managing park land and resources to provide for recreational opportunities for park visitors, while ensuring the resources of the park are protected unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
Deutsch is a 1998 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography, with specialization in Urban and Regional Development. A native of Northeast Pennsylvania, she and her husband Greg reside in Dingmans Ferry.